I’m a musician and painter chasing that mysterious feeling, when making something out of nothing feels magical and right. I’ve worked as a music producer for the last 10 years, helping people make records and being involved in community record labels and other activities. When I was little there was a hall behind our house that had a theatre school in it and I loved the buzz of creativity and all the characters that it involved. I’m inspired by having that feeling here at New Hall, in the salty air we treasure.
Ben TD is a musician and sound-artist focussed on film, theatre, movement and installation works as well as personal sonic experimentation. He is the songwriter for the band Open Swimmer, and regularly performs solo under the same name. Having lived and worked in Glasgow, UK for seven years, Ben is delighted to be reconnecting with the Australian arts community.
I grew up on a farm in regional Tasmania and loved the space, freedom and magical childhood it offered me. But I absolutely ached for opportunities to experience creativity. Live music. Visual arts. Performing arts. ANYTHING. Moving to Melbourne to study at VCA seemed like a logical move, and since then I've been privileged enough to hold some pretty senior roles within some incredible arts organisations, like the National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Moving to the Bellarine to have some babies, surf and create an oasis for our family and friends to always be welcome in, whilst juggling the responsibility of guiding Bangarra through its complex government, corporate and philanthropic requirements, has been weirdly blissful. But finding the Lighthouse Arts Collective has made the move complete: The Collective inspired me to ensure that my kids don't ache for those creative opportunities and exposure to top artistic experiences, just because they don't live in a big city.
I define my practice as interdisciplinary. I work across mediums such as painting, ceramics and sculpture to examine the human experience. Currently my practice explores the internal and external landscape of the mother. I aim to capture the recurring themes that sit central to my experience as a mother and an artist through visual and conceptual forms.
I started playing guitar in my teen years and after three lessons I found myself playing in a band and getting paid to do it. In 1971 I moved from country Victoria to Melbourne and spent many hours going to gigs three or four times a week listening to bands instead of concentrating on my engineering studies. Classical guitar studies followed, and then formal music studies at La Trobe University where my musical world exploded into new and amazing directions. I landed my dream job as a Music Producer with ABC radio in 1980. The radio program “Music Deli” on Radio National was my main focus for twenty five years and it became one of the most influential and longest running music programs on ABC radio, and was responsible for introducing hundreds of new and emerging artists to a national audience. I left the ABC in December 2011 to pursue other dreams, including growing grapes, making wine and playing guitar again. I’ve been lucky to work with hundreds of talented musicians and have produced CD recordings for Danny Spooner, Archie Roach, Tiddas, Broderick Smith, Mara! band, La Voce della Luna, The Backsliders and many others.
Now living on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, I’m enjoying family, playing music ,and with the Lighthouse Arts Collective creating music events for our local community.